I noticed after taking a hot shower today that I have a huge bubble in my
ceiling. I asked my upstairs tenant if something was leaking in their
bathroom, and she said not that she was aware of. So I assuming the bubble
is from me taking a shower with the door closed, and I do not have a fan in
the bathroom. I have touched the bubble and there seems to be quite a lot
of water in there. Is there anything I can do it make it dry up? Or is it
just going to burst now. I have noticed that is it starting to drip a
I doubt the bubble is caused by condensation. At least not
directly onto the ceiling -- you'd need a significant
amount of water condensing above the ceiling and dripping
down to form a large bubble such as you describe.
There's almost certainly a leak upstairs and you'd be
well advised to get it fixed before the water causes
even more damage.
I would burst the bubble immediately with a sharp
instrument (knife or whatever). The water that's accumulating
in there will only cause more damage. Get rid of it ASAP
and ventilate the room to keep the humidity as low as
possible -- you really don't want mold taking hold.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
if there were a leak upstairs it would not stop at the bubble. It would
still be leaking.
acrylic paint will bubble up from condensation getting behind it.
I hate that type of paint. it does not allow anything to breathe.
| > Hi,
| > I noticed after taking a hot shower today that I have a huge bubble
| > ceiling. I asked my upstairs tenant if something was leaking in
| > bathroom, and she said not that she was aware of. So I assuming the
| > is from me taking a shower with the door closed, and I do not have a
| > in
| > the bathroom. I have touched the bubble and there seems to be quite
| > of water in there. Is there anything I can do it make it dry up? Or
| > just going to burst now. I have noticed that is it starting to drip
| > little.
| > Thanks!!
| If it did not break already, get a large container and pop it. They
| the leak from upstairs. They may not be aware, but there is a leak.
Get a bunch of buckets, or a biggg bucket, and get rid of anything
that will be damaged by the spilling splattering water, and put a hole
in the lowest part of the bubble. Have someone hold the next bucket
in the stream above the bucket on the floor that just got filled. It
will take all of 2 to 5 seconds so be ready to go. Even though it
might, don't assume the water will come out where you put the hole.
Be ready to move the bucket.
If you don't when it does burst, which could be any minute, there will
be more damage to the ceiling and more to what's underneath.
It might be caused by your shower if your house is upside down and
you're all walking on your heads. Otherwise it's a leak upstairs.
You have a homerepairlive address and you're asking this question? I
think you are a troll who wasted some of my time. Grow up and stop
being a jackass.
I suspect we're looking at a cupful or at the most two, of water.
If there really is several gallons of water, it won't be there
for very long. Wear a hard hat because that ceiling is about
to come down.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I'd have agreed with you last week, but a fellow I work with had a similar
situation. He had a roof leak. When he broke the bubble, he got about
three gallons of water, plus what spilled. Damage is about $2500 in his
case. I never would have though paint would hold that much water.
On Fri, 12 Jan 2007 20:39:31 GMT, email@example.com (Malcolm Hoar)
In my case it wasn't three gallons, but I'm sure it was a lot more
than 2 cups.
Forgot to mention that he needs another empty bucket to leave there to
catch the continuing drip.
I tried going up in the attic and putting an 8 foot x 16 inch board
under the hole, propped up near the middle of the house and tapering
down to just over the soffit vent. If I had had more energy, I could
have done a better job, but even that seemed to route some of the drip
through the roof to outside the perimeter of my house, not counting
Add ceiling repair cost to your list; after the leak is fixed. You may
need to disclose this damage in a future sale, but I don't know that.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
it is the latex ceiling paint stretching into a dirty water balloon
because your upstairs tub or sink or toilet leaks, probably on the
sewer side, not necessarily directly above the bubble.
| My money's on the leaky drainhole on the shower pan upstairs ... place
my bet is
when someone steps out of the tub/shower upstairs dripping wet
the water is getting in where the floor meets the tub.
I don't appreciate being called a troll or a jackass. This is the first
time I have owned a home, and I was looking for an answer to a problem. I
thought this posting board would help me to get advice from other people
who have gone through it. I came here to get solutions, not to be
criticized. I appreciate all the other suggestions outside of this, which
could have been kept to yourself.
I just found it odd that the bubble wasn't there until after I took a
shower. I normally take a shower very early in the morning before going to
work but I did not go to work today so I took a shower later in the day. It
happened right after taking a shower. I have been in and out all day, and
have finally made it home now. The dripping that was occurring (actually,
it was just drops, the bucket I put underneath it when I left this
afternoon has not one single drop of water in it) has stopped. I will
call my home warranty company and see if they can tell if it is a leak
from my upstairs tenant.
Again, thank you all for the helpful responses and taking the time to
respond to me. To "mm" - no one forced you to respond, therefore if you
wasted your time that was obviously on you. Maybe you're just a smartass
or a know-it-all who has to put your two cents into everything. I didn't
need your two cents, as you can see, as there are MANY, MANY other helpful
people out there.
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